Sports Injury Forum -Michael DeFranco MD and his Guest William Clancy, M.D. Inventor of ACL Reconstruction and Orthopedic surgeon for 1980 gold medal winning U.S. Hockey Team (Miracle on Ice) talk about acl transplantation and the types of transp...
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Autograft vs. Allograft ACL Reconstruction Surgery Interviewer: Allograft tissue is a tissue that we get from the tissue bank. Can you tell us, when do you think it is appropriate to use allograft tissue for ACL reconstruction? Interviewee: Well, see most people don’t understand. An allograft which is really taking—graft from a donor, all the scientific studies have shown that even at one year, the allograft is like significantly behind the autografts in their strength. And so, there is an awful a lot of people who are doing allograft and expecting to go back and play at six months. Our highest failure rate that we are seeing down here that we have to redo are allografts on which the person went back to soon and we don’t know even know -- we know at a year than -- they’re not equal or equivalent to an autograft. We don’t know how long it takes for that to mature. So, I would reserve doing an allograft on someone who is a lot older and not very active.

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